The world is host to over 2,000 species of fleas, and the most common flea is ctenocephalides felis, the "cat flea." Despite its name, the cat flea affects dogs and cats, wild animals like raccoons and skunks, and pet owners.
Slide from left to right to see how quickly fleas can lay eggs and reproduce.
Most dogs and cats will pick up fleas at least once in their lifetime-even pets that never go outdoors are at risk.
Getting fleas doesn't have to be a big deal if you catch and stop fleas early. Routinely checking for fleas, and always keeping an eye out, can help prevent major infestations.
If you find fleas, take action right away by contacting your veterinarian!
Did you know that for every flea on your pet, there are about nine more in your home? You might think you've accomplished getting rid of fleas, only to find a new generation emerging days to weeks later.
To avoid this, veterinarians recommend using monthly spot-on flea products all year round, for every pet in your home. This kills adult fleas and newly hatched fleas to break the flea cycle and stop re-infestations.
In addition to treatment, it's best to clean your house thoroughly the same day. Be sure to wash pet bedding at a high temperature and vacuum all carpets and furniture (discarding vacuum bag after use).
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